Bigboy Mawiwi puts on brave face

HARARE - Under fire Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi insists there is no need for the Sunshine Boys to prees the panic button yet after a disastrous start to the 2014 Castle Premiership season.

Mawiwi has come under increasing pressure at the council-owned side after three straight defeats in their opening matches of the new season.

That losing run can be increased to four games as City, who are bottom of the 16-team log, face a difficult match away to defending champions Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow.

Despite the poor start, Mawiwi has confidence in his players’ ability to turn around their season starting with tomorrow’s clash with the Glamour Boys.

“We have to respond well against Dynamos. They are in a good position in the league, but we have to turn this around. You know it is vital to win the big games,” Mawiwi told the Daily News yesterday.

“We might have been losing matches but the encouraging thing is that we have been playing good football. There is hope after all. We only need that killer instinct and everything will be fine.

“On a longer distance, you will see more of the quality of the team than in the last three games. I believe in the strength of my team and I am confident they will pick up.”

It has been a taxing week for Mawiwi as calls for his sacking increased within the City camp following the poor start.

A number of the club’s executives have lost faith with Mawiwi with only club chairman Leslie Gwindi sticking by the beleaguered coach.

Mawiwi is, however, not concerned with the boardroom saga regarding his job with the reigning Coach of the Year only eager to correct the mistakes his players have made in the defeats to Chicken Inn, CAPS United and ZPC Kariba.

“It’s true that it is difficult to swallow what has happened in the past weeks, but the mistakes are so obvious that they can be corrected and we have to do that,” said Mawiwi.

“We have to keep the basis of our game and go into the next one. We respect Dynamos because they are a good side.

“We have played them on several occasions and they are one of our toughest opponents. But we want to win on Sunday. We need the points more than them.”

The Sunshine Boys have struggled to replace Silas Songani, who joined Danish side Sønderjyske at the start of the year.

Sonagni was City’s talisman last season as he drove the side within a whisker of winning the Castle Premiership title only to lose out on goal difference to Dynamos.

Mawiwi’s men are lacking a cutting edge upfront with Osbourne Mukuradare and Misheck Mburayi struggling to hit the back of the net.

City have only found the back of the net once in their opening three matches which was scored by William Manondo in the 2-1 defeat to CAPS United.

The Sunshine Boys started the season as one of the favourites to wrestle the title away from Dynamos but the poor results have left with a lot of ground to cover throughout the season.

The Glamour Boys go into tomorrow’s match high on confidence following their 3-1 over Bantu Rovers on Easter Monday.

DeMbare have so far won two games and lost one as they hope to win a record fourth league title in a row after their clean sweep in the last three seasons.

Today: FC Platinum v CAPS United (Mandava), Black Rhinos v Chiredzi (Rimuka, SS), Bantu Rovers v Chapungu (Luveve).

Tomorrow: Highlanders v Hwange (Barbourfields), Triangle United v Chicken Inn (Gibbo), Dynamos v Harare City (National Sports Stadium, SS), Buffaloes v ZPC Kariba (Sakubva).

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